WEEKEND PIC July 20 - 22
1. INVISIBLE TARGET (HK actioner with Nicholas Tse, Shawn Yue and Jaycee Chan) Rated: * * * (out of 4): Hard, unrelenting action and spills in this cat-and-mouse caper between three cops and a Vietnamese gang. Hong Kong's answer to "Die Hard 4.0".
2. VACANCY (psychological thriller with Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale) Rated * * * (3 stars): A slasher-flick with a touch of "Psycho", this tale of a couple trapped in 'Snuff-movie Motel' fulfils its job of keeping us at the edge of the seat. Don't bother to think of the plot mechanics, though.
3. DIE HARD 4.0 (action thriller with Bruce Willis, Justin Long and Maggie Q) Rated: * * * 1/2 (3.5 stars): It looks like the Die Hard franchise is getting a new lease on life with spectacular stunts and an engaging story. And don't you just love those chippy lines?
4. HARRY POTTER & THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX (with the usual cast and Imelda Staunton) Rated: * * 1/2 (2.5 stars): As far as Potter's adventure goes, this sequel delivers. However, the charm and magical delights of the earlier films are missing in this dark tale about another clash with 'You-Know-Who'.
5. TRANSFORMERS (sci-fi action with Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Jon Voight and Megan Fox) Rated: * * * (3 stars): It's 'Bayhem' time and those who grew up on Transformers toys and the TV series would definitely relive their fantasies in this testosterone-fueled actioner that also transforms from one genre to another. And if you haven't caught this one yet, you must be from another planet!